Documentary on Syria

eNCA presents a documentary on Syria through a South African perspective. Yusuf Omar was one of 16 journalists and 52 medical volunteers who accompanied Gift of the Givers on a medical humanitarian mission to this war ravaged country. The documentary screens at 8.30pm tonight on eNCA, channel 403, and is repeated throughout the week. Please see details below.

Gift of the Givers is still actively involved in Syria providing medical support through the Gift of the Givers Hospital established by us and also providing food, blankets, milk powder, diapers and other essential items.


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WORKING IN A WARZONE: The Syrian conflict through South African eyes

TX: Monday 27 May - Saturday 1 June on eNCA (Dstv Channel 403)

When an opportunity arose to accompany disaster relief group Gift of the Givers on an aid mission to Syria, Yusuf Omar couldn’t let it pass. The 24-year-old reporter dreamed of being a foreign correspondent. This could be his big break. He was well aware of
the dangers that lay ahead for a team of South African medics sneaking into Syria. Or he thought he was. For two weeks in April, the young journalist travelled across northern Syria, ducking mortar fire, meeting victims of war and sharing meals with members
of the Free Syria Army.“It wasn’t the Syria I’d always imagined. I saw no vibrant souks or age-old mosques. Just destruction and despair.”His documentary offers a raw and personal account of what it takes to tell a story from the edge of a civil war. It gives unique behind-the-scenes insight
into life on the ground in battle-ravaged Syria – with all its ruined cities, refugee camps and deserted schools. From being smuggled across borders to doctors under fire mid-surgery, Omar’s documentary introduces farmers-turned-fighters and their children
who are caught in the crossfire.“In a town where heroes return from the front line, every child wants to wield a gun. To Syrians, blood is as common as coffee.”


Syrians have been at war since March 2011. They want President Bashar al-Assad – whose family has ruled the country for more than 40 years – to step down. As the violence continues month after month, the death toll has already surpassed 100,000.“There is nothing romantic about being a war correspondent. The only thing that keeps you sane is finding the moments of humanity in all the madness.” Broadcast schedule on eNCA (DStv Channel 403):·
Monday 27 May at 20h30·
Tuesday 28 May at 10h30 and 21h30·
Wednesday 29 May at 15h30·
Thursday 30 May at 09h30·
Friday 31 May at 12h30·
Saturday
1 June at 09h30

eNCA reporter Yusuf Omar interviews members of the Free Syria army on the rooftop of Darkoush Hospital in northern Syria. mit Road, Dunkeld West, 2196